If you are concerned about hair loss, seeing a dermatologist can be a good first step. Dermatologists are experts in examining the hair follicles and subsequently diagnosing and treating hair loss. Endocrinologists can also assist with hair loss if the cause is related to your hormones.
Many pregnant women and new moms experience hair loss. Maternal hair loss can have a wide range of causes. Here are some of the most common:
Creating a tiny human inside your own body can strip your system of some essential vitamins and minerals, especially if they are not replenished sufficiently. Deficiencies in nutrients like folate, riboflavin, biotin, vitamin B12, and iron can all lead to hair loss. Eating a broad and varied diet can protect you from nutrient deficiencies. If you suspect a deficiency, talk to your doctor.
If your hair is constantly being tugged (by a child, by a styling tool, by a nervous habit…) your follicles can get damaged. Hair around the face and on top of the head is particularly susceptible to tugging and damage. Use a loose clip or hair band to pull hair back. And be gentle with those delicate locks.
If your scalp is dry, itchy, or irritated, it can sometimes affect your follicles. A dermatologist can help you diagnose the cause of an irritated scalp and suggest treatments.
Stress and Hormones
Small shifts in hormones are a normal part pregnancy and postpartum, but factors like extreme stress or sleep deprivation can cause a hormonal imbalance, which directly affects the production of new hair and the shedding of old hair. Getting enough sleep and reducing stress can reduce your risk of hair loss. If you have unresolved hair loss or suspect a hormonal imbalance, see an endocrinologist.
Hair loss can also be linked to more serious health issues. It is always best to talk to your doctor about hair loss if your are concerned.
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